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Specialist Raps On Benefits Of Agric Cooperative
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU CITY, .June 12 (LINA) – An Agriculture Business Specialist, Emmet C. Freeman, has stressed the importance of farmers cooperative for enhanced idea sharing and mass food production.
Addressing the end of a district cluster meeting for groups of farmers at the Youth Center in Zwedru Tuesday, Freeman said the country will transition towards mechanized farming if farmers group themselves to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
Freeman is the business specialist attached to the Liberia Opportunity and Industrialization Center (LOIC) International/HANDS Program.
He said the purpose of the district cluster meeting was to share experience in crop production and tell success stories in group management, conflict management, financial and resource management, farm planning, pest management and insect control.
The meeting brought together over 50 participants from nine communities in Tchien and Cavalla Districts, comprising farmer group leaderships in various capacities, with gender balance and youth representations.
Some participants after the meeting told the Liberia News Agency that it was worth attending as they shared and gained ideas from their colleagues on different topics that would help guide their future work for better output.
Bill Seedaye, Thomas Yaryea and Cecelia Diahn from Niao Bawaydee, Gorbo Francii and Gborbo Tuzon respectively served as heads of their groups.
They all spoke about group farming as a positive means of massive food production in the absence of mechanized farming, adding that through this, their respective communities have grown more cassava, vegetables and other crops ready for marketing.
The Health, Agriculture and Nutrition Development for Sustainability (HANDS) program is a five-year development food assistance program funded through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) office for food for peace.
It is being implemented by a consortium of five non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners led by LOIC and has been operational in Liberia since 2012 when it imitated the agriculture and nutrition program in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties, respectively.